No More Facebook Accounts: Meta Accounts Begin Rolling Out Today
Starting today, you can finally remove your Facebook account from your Quest device and add your Meta account following a new update. The change will also apply to all future Meta VR headsets.
Meta has begun transitioning from the Facebook accounts requirement to the use of Meta accounts from today after an update.
Zuckerberg had promised almost a year ago that the Facebook account requirement would be scrapped and today, that promise finally came to pass with Meta announcing a new update that supports Meta accounts on the Quest 2 headsets. The change also applies to all future Meta headsets.
The Meta accounts update will roll out gradually across the globe. Users should soon begin seeing the option for creating a Meta account and a Meta Horizon profile. Users will no longer need a Facebook account and they won’t lose access to their games library once their Facebook account is delinked from the headset.
The new Meta accounts are applicable in the setup of both new headsets and existing headsets. However, if you wish to message or call your Facebook friends when immersed in virtual reality, you still have to link your Facebook account to your Meta account. The difference is that the linking of your Facebook account to your Meta headset is now optional and no longer a mandatory requirement. In case your Facebook account is already linked to your Meta headset, you can delink it when setting up your new Meta account.
The Meta account is not a social media profile and is not used to sign into the headset. However, a user still has to set up the Meta Horizon VR social profile. Previously, this was known as the Oculus profile. Similar to the current Oculus profiles or user profiles on platforms such as PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, the Meta Horizons profile will have a username, public display name, and profile photo (avatar). It will also display followers (previously, this was Oculus Friends).
There is the option of setting your profile to private and delinking your Facebook account so that your Meta account is not easily findable when someone searches for it. However, your Meta Horizon profile can still be seen by non-followers in virtual reality apps as well as when someone is searching for you in the Quest social menu or in the Oculus app. However, it gives you the option of customizing the users who can see your activity status, showing whether you are online and the app that you are using currently. Non-followers can also search for your username or name and send follow requests.
Your Meta account will, in effect, still have the same personal details and information that was available before. Hypothetically, it will still be possible for other users to find you on the headset if they know your name or username. This will be beneficial for many virtual reality gamers.
The decision to impose the Facebook account requirement came into effect in October 2020 and was quite unpopular, eliciting widespread privacy concerns. The Facebook accounts had to be of good standing and some customers who had purchased the headset found themselves left with paperweights.
Zuckerberg promised to scrap the Facebook account login requirement at Connect 2021 in October.
How to Remove Your Facebook Account from Your Quest 2 Headset and Add a Meta Account
Visit meta.com/setup to create a new Meta account for your VR headset. Log into Facebook for the final time to start delinking your Facebook account from the headset. You will hit a “Software update required” hitch in case your Quest 2 headset hasn’t been updated yet for Meta accounts support. It is therefore advisable to turn on the headset first and check out if you will be prompted to download the new update.
Alternatively, look for the update through this path: Quick Settings> Settings>System and then choose Software Update from the left menu. If you don’t find this option in your headset, then wait for the update to roll out in your region.
After the Quest 2 headset has been updated, check out the above setup link. You have to enter a new valid email address, name, and age. This information will already be available from your Facebook account. Once you enter these details, most of the other information such as your followers will be transferred to your new Meta account. However, you can still change your display name and avatar if you wish to.
After completing the account creation, power on the headset. The device will show a code that you should enter at meta.com/device to complete the setup process.